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The Darkening

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It has been 3 years since the destruction of the huge demon that masterminded the invasion of Earth. Your journey back home was almost as difficult and bloodthirsty as your journey into hell, but you made it. You had expected to be made a hero; after all, you had saved Earth and all it's worlds from a fate worse than death. But it was not to be that way.

Upon your return, you discovered that things had begun to change. The UAC, deprived of some of it's key personnel, had become more secretive and shadowy. You could swear that the Mars station's light levels were lower than you remember them. . . Instead of briefings by the top brass, troops were given datapads for their missions. Sometimes people would go missing. . . Some of the other marines decided that they would leave. Their ship blew up shortly after departure.

Recently, things have gotten worse. All remaining marines have been confined to quarters for weeks, and contact with Earth has been cut off for months. Some of your closest friends have started to disappear Perhaps hell won the fight after all. . .

Then, one night, it is your turn. Your dreams suddenly turn to nightmares, a Spider Mastermind strafing your body, it's manic laughter the only thing you can hear ... As the last bullet pierces your skin, your eyes blink open. Something is wrong. . . it seems even colder and darker than it did before. . . Suddenly, everything goes black. Fearing the worst, you reach under your bed for the pistol you always keep there. Your chaingun and shotgun are in the other room, but it is too late and too far.

Your sight begins to return to you. But where are you? You are in a tiny brick room, a silver door the only way out. Tightening your grip on the pistol, you open it and step through and prepare to discover the purpose of this ... this Nameless Project.


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An excellent level set with great texture usage. Definately a must play.

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Another reminder to me wrt why I still love this game after all these years. Classical Doom never fails to engage.

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One of the best doom 2 episodes around. 5/5

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Literally bad. Probably it's something wrong with me rather than wad, but I can't help it. Even the sequel to this wad look far more apparent than this ugliness.

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I like it. Looks good, the levels are nicely
detailed and kick copious amounts of arse. I'd
recommend that any serious Doomer download this
without hesitation.

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The battles had just the right amount of intensity; challenging without being cheap or unfair. A very fun Megawad! 5/5

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Nice set of levels that gets just about everything right.

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Good textures, well balanced thing placement, haunting, sometimes funny music (esp. MAP02 mission impossible :D) and enjoyable levels (eg MAP09 made me forget I was actually playing DOOM 2 till I saw those Arachnotrons!) Pretty damn good. Better than Quake! But here's what wasn't so good: the missions were too linear! 4/5 -- Ebon.

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Nostalgia. I remember having played this mapset around 1998, considering it as tough. 16 years later UV is a piece-of-cake... but still has it's fine moments. Map layout, decoration and ambiance are well done according to 1998 standards, so 4/5, and worth a play. But despite the 5* ratings above, don't expect something legendary. For that, try f.e. TNT: Eternal DooM 3.

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Very nice, some creative levels.

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Very nice level set, that look nice and play well. Only slight grumble is the level's don't seem to get any more difficult as you go along, if anything the last few levels are a bit short and easy. Still 5/5

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Neat work!

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Pretty cool levels. they look real nice. Much more superior than the sequel.

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pretty fun

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Very funny, but very overrated, episode 2 is much better. 3.5/5

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This whole project may be well over 10 years old, but it holds up well - very well - even today. One of the can't miss old Doom games - it is really as legendary as Memento Mori or Requiem.

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I don't see why people like this so much. There are cool ideas here and there but generally you get crappy 1994esque monotextured mazes and a lack of concept to make the maps interesting or unique. It's at its best when it's pretending to be quake(insert joke about quake being crappy monotextured mazes here)

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Excellent - both as a Doom mapset and as an attempt to capture the atmosphere of the original Quake. Dark, creepy, challenging - worthy of the attention of every veteran Doomer out there :)

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Nice level set. They follow an exact texture theme. There's even a backstory. The boss usage is also quite efficient. You'll like playing this. Note that this is in no way a megawad, just a 11-level set. It gets a 4/5. IC

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    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Good maps, most of them ended up in Skulltag later on (as in, 2004-2005 lol). A solid wad that frankly deserves more play time, even in the year 2021.
    • By Lol 6 · Posted
      Sounds a lot better
    • By roadworx · Posted
      this really deserves much more attention than it gets! it definitely has its fair share of negatives like cryptic progression, symmetry, etc, but for the time it's actually very good. the visuals are very nice with interesting architecture and good lighting, and despite not being balanced for pistol start very well the combat is great fun nonetheless.
    • By roadworx · Posted
      it's like if the casali brothers got their hands on skillsaw's kamikaze soldiers   srsly tho, for 1995 this wad is pretty vicious. the moeller brothers love to throw some real nasty shit at you on the regular, but despite that it still remains very fun (albeit somewhat frustrating at times). the levels all look decent for 1995, and the spritework for the new enemies and textures is quite good as well. aside from a few specific things (the beginning of map06 for example) there's not really any genuinely bad things about the megawad. if you're a fan of older stuff then i highly recommend this mapset - it's not as refined as later stuff the moellers worked on like memento mori, but it's still great fun.
    • By roadworx · Posted
      a very fun mapset that, unfortunately, is plagued by a few bugs. it's mostly fine if you get the fix, but if you're unaware of it then it's gonna prevent you from progressing   it's a shame, because this really is a great mapset. it starts off somewhat standard but quickly becomes quite reminiscent of av's later levels. i highly recommend it if you're into that
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